Co-op is not only a wonderful environment in which children can grow
and develop, it also offers members a unique opportunity to work cooperatively
and creatively with other parents and to build lasting friendships for
both parent and child.
As a Co-op member, you are directly involved in the decision-making
process affecting your child's education. Our free lending library of
DVD's, books and CD's is an invaluable resource to help with your
parenting questions and concerns.
About Parent Involvement
In order to provide a quality, affordable program and to keep our affiliation
with the St. Helena School District, we must adhere to certain State
mandated guidelines. The responsibilities outlined below are required.
We feel the benefits far outweigh the time required.
Types of Participation
Full/Regular Participation: A parent with a child enrolled
in our regular participation program will have the following responsibilities:
- Participate in the classroom by working the determined number of
classroom work days per month *( DETAILS )
- Participate in the Fundraiser ( DETAILS )
- Attend monthly General Meetings. See the
School Calendar for dates.
- Complete the Adult Education classes, taught by our Parent Advisor,
consisting of a total of twelve hours (spread out over several sessions).
This is a one-time requirement for working in the classroom. Parents
holding Reduced Participation positions still need to fulfill this
requirement. If a participant in the Adult Education class misses
a session, a “make-up” must be completed as approved by the
Parent Advisor. New parents joining the school after the Adult Education
classes have been taught must consult with the Parent Advisor to arrange
for a “make-up” program.*
- Weekday program families participate in two Work Parties per year
to ensure our facility is properly maintained and improvements are
made.*( DETAILS )
- Attend the Parent Orientation (not required of parents returning
to the 3, 4 and 5 year-old programs) See the
School Calendar for dates.
- Hold a Parent Job, which helps the school run smoothly.*( DETAILS )
*Not Required for the Toddler Program - See Below
Participation with Siblings (3, 4 and 5 year-old classes)
When a family has two or more children in any of the 3, 4 and 5 year-old
classes, the only participation requirement that increases is the classroom
working days (please see page 23 for details). All other responsibilities
(Fundraiser participation, General Meetings, Adult Education, Work
Parties, Orientation and Parent Jobs) are per family, not per child.
If you have three children in the 3, 4 and 5 year-old class, you will
not be required to hold three parent jobs!
Reduced Classroom Participation
The option of Reduced Classroom Participation is available to families
with heavy demands on their schedules, and for whom a regular participation
schedule would be difficult to maintain. Reduced Classroom Participation
status will be given at the discretion of the Director and the Board
Parents choosing Reduced Classroom Participation will work fewer
days in the classroom than those with Regular Participation status,
but must fulfill all other parent responsibilities, as specified above.
There are two levels of Reduced Participation: one is where the member
does not work any days in the classroom; the other is where the member
works in the classroom for half the regularly required number of days.
Reduced Participation members hold regular voting membership and may
hold Board positions. Reduced participation will not be scheduled for
Reduced Participation positions are offered to the extent that a particular
class can accommodate them — that is, all parent work shifts
must be covered, and the remainder can be awarded as reduced participation
slots. Typically, Reduced Participation can amount to approximately
20% of the total class size, but this varies according to the number
of siblings in class and the number of people expected to be on medical
leave (especially maternity leave).
Reduced Participation is offered at Registration time. If more people
request this option than there are Reduced Participation slots available,
an Ad Hoc Committee of the Board of Trustees will be formed to apportion
Reduced Participation slots based on expressed need, or a lottery may
take place. Parents with Reduced Participation status in a given year
will receive priority consideration for Reduced Participation status
the following year. A change in status between Reduced and Regular Participation
can be made with space permitting, and the approval of the Director.
Tuition for Reduced Participation members who do not work at all in
the classroom is two times (double) the Regular Participation rate. Tuition
for members who work half the regular classroom days is one-and-a-half
times the Regular Participation rate.
Substitute Participation: Members may allocate their
participation requirements in the classroom to the adult substitute of
their choice, provided that:
- The substitute is at least 18 years of age
- The substitute has taken the Adult Education classes.
- The same person consistently substitutes for a given parent.
- All the other requirements specified under “Regular Participation”
Toddler Participation: A parent with a child enrolled
in the Toddler Program will have the following responsibilities:
- Be present and responsible for their child at all times during
- Participate in the Food Experience and Clean-Up on a rotating
- Attend monthly General Meetings
- Participate in the Fundraiser